Juneau resident Lilia Guimmayen Martin died Feb. 23, 2010, in Juneau. She was 59.
Born Dec. 12, 1950, in Paddaya, Aparri, Cagayan, Philippines, she attended Paddaya Elementary School and graduated from Cagayan Valley Institute in the Philippines.
She moved to Hawaii with her husband from the Philippines in 1971. While living in Hawaii, she had two children, Rollie and Rhodalie. In 1978, her family moved to Sitka. In 1981, she gave birth to their youngest son, Rudy Jr. In 1995, they moved from Sitka to Juneau, where she lived until her death.
She worked as a housekeeper at Sitka Community Hospital in the late 1970s. In 1980, she started a job at the Alaska Pulp Co. and continued working there until it closed in 1993. When she moved to Juneau in 1995, she worked at Superbear. She also worked at Fred Meyer, Frontier Suites Airport Hotel and Costco. At the time of her death, she worked at Superbear.
She enjoyed sewing, singing karaoke, cooking and spending time with family and friends. She will always be remembered by her generosity, friendliness and kindness, her family said. She will be missed by all who she knew her.
She is preceeded in death by her father, Isidro Guimmayen Sr.; mother, Emeliana Taloza Guimmayen; brother, Rogelio Guimmayen Sr.; father-in-law, Ceferino Martin Sr.; brother-in-laws, Ceferino Martin Jr. and Herminio Martin; and sister-in-law, Josefa Villanueva.
She is survived by her sons, Rollie Martin and his partner, Joyce Uddipa, Rudy Martin Jr. and his partner, Lisa Brume; daughter, Rhodalie Martin Yadao and her husband, Bernard Yadao; grandchildren, Ryan Castaneda, Rylynn Martin, Brylie, Roel and Bernard Yadao Jr., all of Juneau, and Lilianha Martin, of Melbourne, Fla.; husband, Rodolfo Martin, of Juneau; sisters, Delia Rapanut, of the Philippines, Marlene and Lloyd Brooks, of Ocala, Fla., and Violeta Guimmayen, of Capitola, Calif.; brothers, Isidoro and Juliet Guimmayen Jr., of Florence, Italy, and Vicente and Analyn Guimmayen, of Juneau; mother-in-law, Marcelina Martin, of Sitka; sister-in-laws, Susie and Robin Martin-Huckins, of Aniston, Ala., and Warlee Martin Gonzales, of Sitka; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Hawaii, Washington, Canada, London and SaudiArabia.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. today, Feb. 28, at Valley Chapel. A public viewing will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 4, at the Alaskan Memorial Park and Mortuary. A funeral service will be held at 12:05 p.m. Friday, March 5, at St. Paul's Catholic Church.
Pallbearers are Ryan Jay Guimmayen, Ryan Castaneda, Royden Gumayagay, Joel Ribao Jr. and Don Peratrovich. Honorary pallbearers are Rollie Martin, Levie Cumlat, Rogelio Cumlat, Ludy Uddipa, Eddie Uddipa, Narciso Uddipa, Leroy Dabaluz, John Robert Ancheta and Oly Sugay.
Cards may be sent to Rhodalie Yadao, P.O. Box 32636, Juneau, AK 99803.